February 2010 #181

Popular Woodworking February 2010 issueIn the February 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking, we debut Design Matters, a column by George R. Walker that will give you the tools to tackle furniture design with skill and confidence.

Joinery details bring a special charm to a Stickley music cabinet and a Japanese soji screen provides the inspiration for a contemporary Soji cabinet.

Create a tapered-leg table in this issue’s I Can Do That project.

Provocative “upholstery” explores the tension between comfort and discomfort in a unique 988 chair.

Toolmaker Kevin Drake teaches you how to make turned tool handles.

Tom Fidgen constructs a hand-made cabinetmaker’s toolbox that is certainly One for the Road.

The Arts & Mysteries column shows you how to make Andre Roubo’s Try Square.

Jim Crammond revives a clever 19th-century tool and provides everything you’ll need to build a cam marking gauge.

Chairmaker Michael Dunbar explores traditional milk paint.

Bob Flexner helps you choose a spray gun.

We review Delta’s New Midi-lathe.

Rob Porcaro explores ways to create better vision in the shop.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras for this issue can be found inside each article.

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Turned Tool Handles

Custom-fit your tools to your hand. By Kevin Drake Pages: 40-43 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now One of the best uses for a lathe is making tool handles. Most production tool handles leave something to be desired. The good news is that the handle is the part of tool...

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988 Chair

Exploring the tension between comfort and seeming discomfort. By Jeff Miller Pages: 38-39 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Nine hundred eighty-eight screws don’t ordinarily find their way into a typical chair. But this chair was something quite different from my usual effort. The idea for the chair arose out...

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Stickley Music Cabinet

A harmonious combination of details and materials. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 30-37 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now One hundred years ago, when people wanted to listen to music at home, they cracked their knuckles and headed for the piano. This small cabinet was originally intended to store sheet...

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Tool Test: Veritas Surface Vise – the Instant Tail Vise

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 29 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Tail-vise hardware for a workbench can be expensive, fussy or tricky to install. Now Veritas has invented a clever workbench accessory that allows you to add a tail-viselike setup to any worksurface. Called the Surface Vise, it’s essentially a...

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Tool Test: Delta’s New Midi-lathe

Variable-speed portable lathe shifts into reverse to improve sanding. By Glen D. Huey Page: 28 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now If you need a lathe in a small shop and don’t have the room or just don’t want to wrestle with a full-size machine, benchtop lathes are a great...

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I Can Do That: A Tapered-leg Table

Tapered legs lighten the look and add ‘spring’ to a table’s design. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 26-27 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Small tables are useful just about anywhere in the home. They can be easy to build, but a good design is important. To make the design...

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Arts & Mysteries: André Roubo’s Try Square

The details of this 18th-century tool will both please and puzzle you. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 24-25 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now One of the first tools I bought was a 9″ steel try square with a brass and rosewood stock. Like a supermodel, it’s nice to look at,...

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Design Matters: ‘Good Eye’

Awaken your inner design sense with just a little practice. By George R. Walker Pages: 20-22 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Talk about design often leads back to the idea of developing a good eye. For a long time I wrestled with this; it seemed a bit like trying...